Risks to Health Among American Indian/ Alaska Native High School Students in the United States

Author Name: 
Sherry Everett Jones, PhD, MPH, JD; Khadija Anderson, MPH, LPN; Richard Lowry, MD, MS; Holly Conner, MA
Publication Date: 
Thursday, July 7, 2011
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Introduction According to the World Health Organization, the 10 lead- ing risk factor causes of death in high-income countries are tobacco use, high blood pressure, overweight and obesity, physical inactivity, high blood glucose, high cholesterol, low fruit and vegetable intake, urban air pollution, alcohol use, and occupational risks. We examined the prevalence of some of the leading risks to health among nationally representative samples of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) high school students and compared rates across racial/ethnic groups. Conclusion These findings show the prevalence of some health risk behaviors was significantly higher among AI/AN high school students than among high school students in other racial/ethnic groups.